Restorative Justice Panel Members- Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre
We are seeking new panel members to join the Restorative Justice (RJ) Team covering Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.
Restorative Justice brings those harmed by crime or conflict, together with those individuals responsible for the harm into a safe environment to allow constructive communication, enabling everyone affected by a particular incident to play a part in repairing the harm and finding a positive way forward.
Volunteers from all walks of life are needed to support Lancashire Constabularies Restorative Justice Team in dealing with anti-social behaviour issues and low-level disputes by using RJ principles. Volunteers are very valuable to our communities and make a great deal of difference.
This role can be challenging, however, it is a rewarding opportunity which will directly make a positive difference to the communities involved.
Please note, for this role you must have access to a vehicle or public transport (expenses can be claimed). Your main area of volunteering will predominately be Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre, but with the ability to assist in other areas of Lancashire.
The hours are flexible around your availability; however, we do ask for 12 months volunteering commitment for this opportunity, you will need to attend an initial 3- day RJ training course and go on to receive further training in the delivery of mediation.
This opportunity is subject to Police vetting (you will need to have resided in the UK for the past 3 years to qualify for this).
- Make arrangement to meet the parties affected by an incident in a safe location to explain the RJ process and gather background information
- Bring the parties together and facilitate a RJ conference
- Complete the required paperwork whilst complying with Data Protection policies
- Attend monthly Panel meetings
- Raise awareness to promote wider use of the Panel and RJ
- Build positive working relationships with other volunteers, Policing teams, local authorities and agencies
- Log volunteering hours monthly and submit expenses where applicable via an online computer system
- This opportunity requires confidence, flexibility and the means to travel within the East and South Lancashire area
- Strong communication skills, to write and speak clearly, not use jargon and listen carefully
- Effective team working; to work with an empathetic, tolerant and non-judgemental approach; to deal sensitively with individuals who may be upset or angry about their situation
- Respect for Race and Diversity
- Comply with data protection policies and procedures
Our RJ volunteers are required to complete 3 full days of comprehensive training to develop the skills required to facilitate RJ conferences. Ongoing support and supervision will be provided.
The aim of the training sessions is to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively practice restorative approaches and will cover:
|Introduction to Restorative Justice (RJ)
|· Define RJ
· Define the purpose of RJ
· Explain who is involved and who its use affects
|The case for using RJ
|· Explain the legal history of RJ and the present legislation
· Outline available research and how it supports the use of RJ
· Define what works best with the opportunities and challenges
|Making RJ work
|· Explain the research models used to identify RJ as an effective tool
· Describe how the principles of effective practice relate to RJ
|Planning RJ Interventions
|· Explain RJ planning and pre-use assessment processes
· Outline participant preparation strategies
· List the models of RJ
|· Define the RJ process
· Describe the range of models available and their use
· Explain indirect restoration and why it has been created
· Practice – Role Play
|Monitoring, reviewing and evaluating
|· Explain the purpose and techniques used for monitoring and review
Required Age:18 years +